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US prosecutors recommend dropping Chinese charges against MIT professor: source

Boston prosecutors have decided in recent weeks to drop the case based on the new information, the person said, adding that the Justice Department has not yet made a final decision.

Wyn Hornbuckle, a Justice Department spokesman, did not comment on Chen’s specific case, but said the ministry was reviewing its approach to dealing with threats from China.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.

Chen was indicted last year as part of the department’s “China Initiative” launched during the administration of former President Donald Trump to counter alleged Chinese economic espionage and research theft.

Targets included university researchers. A Harvard professor, Charles Lieber, was convicted last month of lying about his ties to a China-run recruiting program. He is expected to appeal.

Critics say the initiative cooled academic research and targeted Chinese researchers through racial profiling. And despite Harvard’s win, several other cases have failed.

A Tennessee professor was acquitted by a judge last year after a mistrial, and prosecutors dropped charges against six other investigators.